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Health and safety training

A range of training courses are available at Aspen Wolf in Seaham are available. Discounts can be applied for block bookings and training can also be delivered on site exclusively for your staff. The courses include: Emergency First Aid at Work (appointed person); Level 3 First Aid at Work Re-Qualification; and Level 3 Award in… Read more »

£20 million funding opportunities

An exciting funding opportunity is available for businesses across County Durham. The £20 million Finance Durham LP fund, announced by Business Durham and managed by Maven Capital Partners, offers funding for companies of all sizes across most sectors. The aim is to contribute to economic development, job creation and innovation within the County. Get more… Read more »

Great charity effort by the Co-op

Congratulations to the Co-Operative Food Distribution depot on the Drum Estate for their sterling efforts in supporting charities. So far the company has supported over 23 charities either by donating raffle prizes or raising money direct in the depot by doing various activities. The funds raised to-date total £1200 (£800 for the British Red Cross… Read more »

Lights, camera, action!

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, the independent provider of finance solutions, based on the Drum Industrial Estate, has helped a local events company procure audio and visual stage and lighting equipment. The decision was made because the customer was regularly hiring equipment which, over time, was costing more than it would to fund the purchase and… Read more »

Team expansion for KEP Services (UK) Ltd

KEP Services (UK) Ltd, based on Third Avenue, have made two key appointments to their team following the retirement of the company’s founder. Matthew Pennels and Les Smith (both pictured above) are welcomed by Bob and Cath Jobson. Matthew joined the team last year as a Storeman and has since progressed to the Sales Team… Read more »

Become an enterprise adviser

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for leaders from North East businesses and employers to volunteer their time to become an Enterprise Adviser and make a difference to a local school or college. It’s a unique way to help inform young people and equip them with the skills they need to find work… Read more »

Financial support to reduce your energy consumption

Access support to increase the use of energy efficient technologies and processes in your business. The independent Durham Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) scheme can provide you with a grant of up to 40% off the cost of installing appropriate energy efficient technology. The project has secured ERDF support and has been endorsed by the… Read more »

Training to achieve greater results

A comprehensive range of training workshops, qualifications and services in leadership and management; health and wellbeing; and employability are on offer for companies based in County Durham. Specialist training provider Amacus, who work directly with employers to support business improvement by offering bespoke training solutions, have recently launched a fully funded training programme called Taking… Read more »

Be part of the Durham community

The County Durham Community Foundation provides grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. In the last year, they have awarded over £3.5 million to community projects and individuals in need across County Durham and Darlington. Their charitable funds are donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a… Read more »

Nutrients for trade

Drum-based Natural Nutrients are seeking businesses looking to stock high quality natural supplements and sports nutrition products. The opportunity is especially ideal for gyms and health shops. As one of the UK’s fastest growing natural supplement brands they have a number of products available from Protein Powders and BCAA’s, to vitamins, minerals and superfoods. Find… Read more »

Over £1.2million invested into businesses through DurhamWorks

DurhamWorks is a partnership solution to youth unemployment in County Durham led by Durham County Council working with employers to create opportunities for unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds. The project’s Learning Working Earning grant funding helps businesses with salaries and other costs associated with employing staff, up to a maximum of £3,000. Since launching in April… Read more »

Chartered approval for Anglo Scottish accountant

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance accountant, Lorna Smith, has been awarded full membership of the Chartered Global Management Accountants. Whilst working for Anglo Scottish, Lorna has met all the requirements necessary for her work record to receive this certificate. Lorna (pictured above) said: “Since joining Anglo Scottish, I have been able to fulfil the requirements in… Read more »

Rondean machinery relocates to Drum Industrial Estate

We were delighted to welcome Rondean Machinery to the Drum Industrial Estate at the beginning of 2017. Rondean have supplied used and new machinery and tooling since 1984 to engineering, fabrication and woodworking industries. Here is a selection of their latest stock arrivals. As always they have sourced some superb machines and with many others… Read more »

Fantastic first aid response by Coop employee

Karen Ayre, a backshift Transport Support Assistant at The Coop Depot in Drum Lane industrial Estate, came across a road traffic accident on the evening of Monday 5 June 2017 at the bypass near the Stoney Heap Harelaw Junction. Both cars had sustained serious damage and Karen could see that a young girl in one… Read more »

Be a know it all!

Durham Constabulary is committed to involving the community, including businesses, in the policing of County Durham and Darlington and know that improving the flow of information will help us make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour. Find out what’s happening in the area and register to receive regular… Read more »

New addition for Steelcraft team

Steelcraft Ltd has hired its second fabrication and welding apprentice with the support of DurhamWorks and Derwentside College. The apprentices support the firm’s skilled fabricators, improving the business’ overall productivity whilst the individuals learn all of the practical skills on the way to becoming fully-fledged fabricators themselves. 19-year-old Mark Hodgson joined the company in February… Read more »

Elite award for ITPS

Tech experts ITPS have received an elite award for their work helping organisations to use the internet to streamline and integrate their communications tools and get a better return on their IT and telecoms budget. ITPS is one of only five businesses across the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to achieve the Circle of Excellence… Read more »

Autism employment service

The North East Autism Society has launched a new employment scheme with the ambition to get adults with autism using their skills and talents to enrich businesses across the region. The service is designed to support both the individual with autism and the employer through its package of support services that include coaching, assessments and… Read more »

Free Check4Life Health Checks for employees!

Why not hold a Check4Life Health at Work Day within your organisation? This is a free NHS service, unique to County Durham, which may be beneficial to your workplace. A Check4Life Health Check assesses an individual’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes. This is available to anyone over the… Read more »

Business Growth Skills Academy

On 19th July Derwentside Business Network (DBN) launched its first skills and business mentoring project aimed at helping 12 local businesses grow. The project has been funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership and is aimed at established businesses in the Derwent Valley area that have reached a stage where they are ready to grow their… Read more »